I am a second year PhD student in the Department of Anthropology interested in ecological and environmental design, landscape studies and landscape architecture, and the politics of disaster, energy, and futures. I center my research in the the spatio-temporal transition between six years of mandatory evacuation and return and restoration of the 20 kilometer “no-go” zones in Fukushima, Japan. Working with the analytic of landscape, I ask how ecologies and environments in flux rearrange, coalesce, and conflict as humans reinhabit and reclaim an environment that has proceeded without them.
Before coming to Rice I received a B.S. in Anthropology and a minor in Gender and Sexuality Studies from the University of California, Riverside where I cultivated research interests in environment, design, infrastructure, and science and technology studies from my research with the NSF REU in Menomonie, Wisconsin and the Downtown Riverside Farmers Market.